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The Tempering (The Mackenzie Duncan Series Book 1) Kindle Edition
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This is not your typical boy bites girl werewolf story :) Mackenzie is also not your typical girl. Her father is a convict and her mother pushes her to be an underachiever but she will have none of that. Mack is a mythology major at Harvard and she works really hard to keep up her grades and pay for school. She will be an ivy league success no matter what anyone thinks! Little does she expect her whole life to be turned upside down by standing up to some rich bullies at a football game.... Next thing she knows she is attacke by a wolf and her safe happy world is gone forever.
This story is humerous and full of action. Not knowing what is going on lends mystery and suspense. The adventure comes in as Mackenzie tries to deal with her ever evolving perception of what is happening to her. It is a mystery she is determined to solve no matter the consequences. Romance enters the picture in a big way when she is at her lowest point dreading the horror of the night to come.
All in all this is a very promising beginning to what looks to be an awesome series. I would recommend this book to paranormal enthusiaists and werewolf lovers everywhere! I really enjoyed this book and cannot wait to read the next one The Enlightening (The Mackenzie Duncan Series) :)
***This book is suitable for young adult through adult readers
Mackenzie Duncan is a student at Harvard who finds herself the victim of an unfortunate (and unheard of, to her) accident. She is attacked while walking home from a football game and the events that follow leave her in a state of both panic and shock. Turns out, she was attacked by a werewolf. Being a student of mythology, she knows all about lycanthropes. She also thought they were strictly fictional. Mackenzie now needs to change her current lifestyle to favor her newly formed wolf-side. Luckily, she finds a group of people perfectly suited to helping her make her way.
One of my main problems with this book was a good portion read like a lesson in werewolf mythology. Anyone who has read a good number of werewolf books gets the gist, as most books follow the same patterns - weres are either born or made/bitten. This book followed the same train of thought, and was rather repetitive in that aspect. I realize that this book is the precursor to ones that follow, being the series starter, but there was a decided lack of action and anything 'happening' because of the in-depth telling about werewolves.
Another kind of off-putting aspect was the fact that Mackenzie was 19. I don't read YA or NA, simply because there is a lack of connection between myself and a main character who is over a decade younger. Not the author's fault by any means, it's just a personal choice. It didn't impact the book in a negative manner, but I can't relate, and that always pulls me out of the story. I also didn't like the direction that the author chose to go with the relationship between Mack and Geoff as soon as Liam was introduced. It wasn't a smooth transition, it was a bumpy rejection that the author seemed to use in order to create the ever-present love triangle that runs rampant in this genre. I loathe love triangles and the subsequent "Team XXX, all the way!!!", that follows books with a love triangle.
All that aside, I found myself enjoying parts of the story despite the things I disliked about it. I liked Mackenzie for the most part, she adapted easily for being so young. I also liked her new 'family', especially Margret, and how supportive and strong they were. I can't say I'm interested enough to follow the series, but I will definitely keep it in mind if I ever run out of things to read.
**I received this eARC on behalf of the publisher/author via NetGalley in exchange for my honest opinion and review.
The Tempering is about a young woman, Mackenzie Duncan, who managed to rise above her poor upbringing and leave her nay-saying mother and inmate father behind to attend Harvard. She majored in Mythology and Folklore and had great dreams for what she planned to do with her degree. Then, she decided to walk through the park on her way home from a football game that she wasn’t even enjoying and didn’t want to go to in the first place. A wolf attacked her and her life changed forever. She discovered that her college major wasn’t quite as fictional as she had always believed.
Mackenzie was not, to me, a likable character. She was whiny, bitchy, and never seemed satisfied with anything. She also wasn’t very well developed. Time passed so quickly in the book without anything being acknowledged that there was really no way to get to know her very well.
The two potential heroes in the story, Geoff and Liam, were completely different in nature, or seemed to be. Again, the characters weren’t built up enough to actually develop much of an opinion about either, except that Geoff was a selfish jerk. Liam seemed to be a nice guy, but he wasn’t featured enough to fully decide.
Nothing of real interest actually happened in this novel. Mackenzie and Liam were just figuring things out. I was rather disappointed to have read an entire novel, only to have it end abruptly, going nowhere.
The Tempering has an interesting story line, with an idea I’ve not read before. With substantial work and more time spent on plot, character development, and sentence structure, this could be a really great novel. There is to be a sequel, it seems, and if James does a better job of writing about what’s happening rather than skipping over details, and if the characters are well developed, this will be an interesting series.
I rate this novel two stars, with the potential for more…
An ARC was provided by the author for an honest review.
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